NYC nurse recovering from COVID-19 shares her story

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QUEENS — Recovering from the coronavirus, a New York City-area nurse has some reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

“I feel a lot better than before,” said Jasoda Latchman, 51, from her Queens home Monday night.

Latchman was on the frontlines of the city’s pandemic; she tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

“Eight-days ago I wasn’t doing so good. My heart rate went up, I had a temperature, my blood pressure was high,” she said.

Latchman, who’s been a nurse for over 20 years, believes she contracted the virus while working at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx.

“I would say I’m 99% sure that’s where it happened.”

She had moments of panic, uncertainty and fear, but her faith kept her focused.

“It’s scary, your thoughts go wondering off. ‘What if I may be like that patient and need a ventilator? I may not make it to the hospital.’”

The mother of three is on day eight of being quarantined, and is still coping with a cough, but said she knows she’ll get through this, and many others who contract the virus will get through it, too.

“I’m very grateful to be one of the fortunate ones with mild symptoms,” she said.

Latchman, is determined to go back to work as soon as she’s better.

“I love what I do and I won’t let this break me.”

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